RNLI New Brighton volunteers tasked to a person at risk of tidal cut off
The lifeboat crew launched to a man on a sea defence wall at 8.25pm on 25 June 2018. At the scene, a local fisherman headed back to shore after being advised that the incoming tide was due to flood the area.
RNLI lifeboat volunteers were near-simultaneously alerted by both a member of the public and UK Coastguard, to a man about to be cut off by the tide at the sea defence known locally as ‘The Hole in the Wall’ out from the New Brighton Pierrot roundabout on Kings Parade. The RNLI team was tasked to the scene at 8.14pm.
Although the water was calm and there was no wind, on arriving at the popular fishing spot RNLI lifeboat crew advised a local fisherman that the area was about to flood with the incoming tide. The RNLI crew waited as the man decided to head back to shore so that they were certain of his safety.
RNLI volunteers returned to the lifeboat station at 8.45pm and prepared the lifeboat for service.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.